Stanhope Jumper Pattern is Available Now!
If you have seen my previous post you will know that for me this week has been all about the anticipated release of my latest pattern, Stanhope. Well now the wait is over! This eye-catching jumper which uses your favourite sock yarn is available in my Ravelry shop here. Grab your copy now!
This pattern has been a long-time in the development. From the first time I picked up my needles with a vague idea of what I wanted to do. Through the swatching stage, the many times ripping back out and the long, slow process of writing the pattern down. My tech editor and I had a fair few headaches with a some numbers on my spreadsheet that were determined to hide! Finally we made it to the testing and editing stages. They all take their time. But now all is ready and I am so excited to present Stanhope as my latest pattern, and also my first for 2020! Hoorah!
And Even Better News!
Even better than the release of the pattern itself is that if you buy Stanhope from my Ravelry store before 23:59 on Tuesday 4th February you will automatically get 25% off. There is no need for a coupon code, just add the pattern to your basket and the discount will be applied on checkout.
The Truth Behind the Name
Stanhope was designed when I was swatching with some sock yarn. I wanted to to use it for something other than socks. I had used it to make a few hats, but I was thinking even bigger! At the same time I was binge-watching the TV series Vera. The main character is called Vera Stanhope. I thought it was just the kind of top that she would approve of. And so I named it after her.
Stanhope is knitted mainly in the round. It is top-down, starting at the neck and increasing for the opening. Once the shaping for the neck and sleeves are done you will place the sleeve stitches on holders and join the body to knit in the round. This is also when you start to introduce the contrast colour.
The yarn I used in the sample was West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply. I chose Cardamom for the main colour and Blue Tit for the contrast. But as ever I am always excited to see the different combinations that other people will choose. Here are some from my wonderfully talented test knitters.
As you can see, some testers chose to use the main colour for the cuff at the bottom of the body, but other testers chose to carry one with the contrast colour. I think both are really effective. Don’t forget to check out these tester’s project pages on Ravelry. They have done a wonderful job of knitting up these stunning jumpers. Go and give them some love!
And Now its Over to You!
Are you excited to cast on your own Stanhope Jumper? Which style of bottom cuff on the body do you prefer? The main colour or the contrast colour? Which two colours will you use together to make your Stanhope?
Don’t forget to set up your project page on Ravelry and share your photos on social media. I absolutely love to see your progress pictures. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as @allneedles and you can use #allneedles #emmasadler #emmasadlerdesigns and #stanhopejumper